Fieldsports Britain - Rabbit shooting pellets and how to forage for food

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Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up when game chef Mark Gilchrist wants a fillet,
he has to kill it. He is out deer stalking in Essex. We are going all vegetarian on you
this week. Jonny Crockett from survival school is foraging up and down the hedgerows looking
for plants you can eat. First if this was a normal television problem we would be telling
you that some of the scenes you are about to watch you may find disturbing, but it is
Fieldsports Channel so either you shouldn't be watching them in the first place or get
over it. Roy Lupton is testing out airgun pellets on rabbits.
Rabbit shooting is a sport for all - it's inexpensive, it's an animal in abundance,
done right it is a delicious meat, and it can be a challenging quarry, especially with
an air rifle.
For the best results and the best animal welfare it's good to know what's the most effective
way of putting them on the ground. Well, with a new Webley air rifle to try out and three
different pellet types to play with, Roy wants to find out which is the best to use in the
We have the round head - the Accupell.The flat head - the Verminpell. And old favourites
these pointed Jets. All in .22.
To make this as realistic (almost dare we say scientific) Roy chest shot some rabbits
last night keeping the heads for us to operate on, with the rest of the meat heading for
some hungry ferrets.
What we have got here, is we have obviously got skinned up rabbit head next to our full
rabbit head and just looking at that comparison wise it really does just go to show how small
a kill shot or target area you have got with a rabbit with an air rifle. So it looks much
bigger because you have obviously got the fur and the ears coming up here with the rabbit
with the fur on. But when you compare that with the rabbit which has been skinned off
it really really does highlight that you have got a tiny target to aim in on so accuracy
is always key with air rifle shooting. But that again brings us to the part of the point
of the experiment today and that is we want to trial all the pellets we have got test
them for accuracy which is one of the most important factors. But the other incredibly
important factor is how much penetration, how much damage the pellets do when they hit
the target. So as the rabbit is one of the most probably common targets for a UK airgun
shooter, we thought what we would do is get a rabb
it head and then we are going to film shooting it with 3 different types pellets with slow
mo cameras so that hopefully it will give us some kind of indication of the damage that
it causes and may be points us in the direction of the pellet which is most effective in doing
First off we're going to see how accurate the pellets are. Tucked out of the way of
the wind, and the rest of the Lupton household, Roy sets up a target and positions himself
25 yards away.
The ones we are going to try first are going to be the Accupells. Again we have got to
bear in mind that this rifle is zeroed at about thirty five yards so at 20 yards it
is probably not going to be smack on the target. But we are not looking to see if it is exactly
on, we are looking to see what sort of grouping we are getting.
The pellets are grouping, but in two distinct areas - Roy realises what has happened and
there is a lesson to be learned.
So we have taken 3 shots with the old pellets and then just opened a new tin expecting it
to be the same and amazingly we are probably a centimetre and half, 2 centimetres above
the same point of impact we had with the old pellets. Between changing the 2 tins of pellets
the point of impact had changed. So again interesting point coming out of it is when
you start a new tin of pellets and stick to that tin of pellets. Rezero and make sure
they are shooting at the same point. I can't believe that there was that much variant between.
Next up are the Verminpells. Their shape suggests they should be harder hitting but possibly
less accurate.
I think for things like squirrels and rats because you want to make sure you bowl them
over and I think they could very easily do the job. We will see what the experiment concludes.
Last up it's the Jets. These are the least accurate. There is poor grouping and - just
as an observation - they appear to make more noise.
With the accuracy test completed, it is time quickly to talk through the rifle..
As you can see we have got a new toy to play with. We have been sent a Webley Raider by
Highland Outdoors. We have done a little bit of work with a rifle so far and from a nice
relatively inexpensive entry level air rifle I have been incredibly impressed. Nice little
10 shot magazine, but more importantly it is very, very accurate. Most air rifles these
days do come out of the box ready to shoot, but so far very impressed.
Right the plan now is to zero the rifle for each pellet type then shoot through the rabbit
skull. The first pellet on test is the Accupell. When Roy is happy, we secure the target and
he shoots. He hits the mark and this accurate pellet passes straight through.
So you can see here we have got the entry wound. So that should have gone straight through
the brain, right through the base of the brain and exited there, the perfect kill shot, but
I am quite surprised at the lack of damage. So it has drilled a very neat hole through
the skull and not a huge amount of damage there at all. So yet again I am very used
to seeing the damage that centre fire rifles cause. So when you can actually examine the
damage an air rifle causes it shows you how little effect it does have. Again it really
does highlight the need for accuracy. So you can see that if you had shot the rabbit anywhere
around here in the jaw it wouldn't have been a kill shot or anywhere up here in the nose
again it wouldn't have been a kill shot it would have just drilled a neat hole through
and off he would have gone. Yes, it really is quite interesting that when you are using
an air rifle you do really have to rely on every skill you have got and every bit of
accuracy you can afford.
Moving on to the Verminpell and Roy has to eat his words. The Verminpell is grouping
beautifully. And that's not all. It seems to be a very destructive pellet design.
So this is the Verminpell and looking at it just from the exterior it doesn't look like
we have got a huge amount more damage than we had from the Accupells until you actually
feel and touch the head. So here you can feel all the skull is broken away just behind the
entry would in here and also at the back you can see here that it is all completely crushed,
it has completely disintegrated in its entirety inside and it has actually broken the neck
as well. That has caused a lot more damage.
Lastly, the Jets. Roy is not as confident of hitting the mark - the first is low-ish
and the second is good enough to compare to the others.
We were using the jets for that shot and unfortunately they were flying up all over the place. They
weren't or they are not an accurate enough pellet for me to be happy to use in the hunting
field and you can see here the entry wound is very low and has gone in to the jaw. So
if you were in a hunting scenario that is not necessarily a direct kill shot. The pellet
has gone in and I am struggling to find the exit wound. So all in all it might be alright
for plinking the targets, but not one I would use for taking out and doing anything serious
All three do the job but the Verminpell is the one that catches Roy's eye. So with Roy
confident of the rifle and pellet we're off to see if we can bag a couple of bunnies.
Rabbit one is further than Roy wants but hey - he knows where this rifle is shooting and
at 39 yards he is bang on.
Ok so I am quite pleased with that one. The rabbit just stopped in front of the shrubbery
there, he was spot on at thirty nine yards. Just put the first mill dot up on him and
squeezed the shot off and down he went. Not a bad kick off.
Rabbit two is not presenting a head shot but Roy is confident of a heart shot. This is
also a 39-yard shot. The animal goes nowhere and the Webley rifle and Verminpell flatheaded
pellet combo prove their effectiveness.
Rabbit three is much closer but the end result is no different.
Now I know it might have seemed a little bit gruesome taking the skin off the rabbit heads,
but to get a true representation of what goes on it was an experiment and I think we got
some good results off it. It really did hightlight the difference between shooting with the ordinary
pellet where it almost drilled a hole through the target. Then you go on to something like
the Verminpell and you get a fantastic exit wound. So it just gives you a little bit more
margin for error. So if your shot is not quite 100% you are probably going to take out a
vital area which will enable you to kill the animal cleanly and efficiently.
It's been a interesting test - that not only shows how small the target area is but also
that air rifle pellets are not all made equal.
Roy Lupton on target there and if you want to see more films by Roy you can click on
film that is appearing in the sky above me to go to his special YouTube play list. Now,
for even greater accuracy it is David on the Fieldsports Channel News Stump.
This is Fieldsports Britain News.
The Ministry of Defence faces a £25,000 claim from a gamekeeper who says Apache helicopters
are frightening his pheasants and partridges. Richard Hearn wants compensation from the
MoD for disturbance, stress and threatening his livelihood. He says that every time the
helicopters hover over his Essex woodland, the birds scatter and he has had to halt shoots
due to the lack of birds.
Brian May has been accused of hypocrisy for allowing deer culling on his estate in Dorset.
Mr May who runs an animal sanctuary on his grounds lead a high profile campaign this
year to try and stop the proposed badger cull. The rock guitar legend responded to the culling
claims saying that the pro culling fraternity were trying to discredit him and he had stopped
the practice a couple of years ago.
The 2012 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation held in London saw the North of England win
the top prizes. The Gold Award went to Weardale Estate in County Durham for owner Michael
Stone's work in heather moorland restoration. The Silver Award went to Pollybell Organic
Farm near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, which also recently won Tesco's Organic Grower of
the Year. The Bronze Award went to the Westmorland Wildfowlers Association, based near Carnforth,
Lancashire, for its success in encouraging and training younger members, as well as for
promoting and practising exemplary shooting and conservation policies.
The human-animal conflict came to a head this week in Srinagar, northern India, this week.
Angry villagers try to torch a bear alive in south Kashmir. It follows an incident in
north Kashmire where a bear killed a 55-year-old man. Villagers later claimed they were trying
to scare the bear away.
South African police have arrested two more suspects in connection with the poaching of
eight rhinos from a game farm. This brings to eight the number of people arrested, including
a game ranger. Last weekend seven rhinos were found dead at the Klipkopspruit farm at the
weekend another one was found on Monday.
Finally, the award for most craven campaign goes to animal rights loony organisation Animal
Aid. During the festive season it is highlighting the ‘horror' that is reindeer being transported
up and down the country for us to poke and prod in Santa's grottos.
You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts.
Thank you David. Now we are off to Essex with top sporting shooter chef Mark Gilchrist.
We tend to film Mark in daylight -
"do you have to switch the light on"
But today we're going stalking with him...
We are going muntjac stalking which is good because only ever shot 2 muntjacs. If I get
one today it could be my third muntjac. So it is quite a big thing for me. We are up
in Essex where a friend of mine has got too many muntjac on the farm and they want them
culled. So hopefully Amir and I are going to go out and get some muntjac.
Amir is a seasoned stalker and mate of Marks who is far better prepared than the Game Chef
turned ap entrepreneur - lending him a pair of binos and a choice of that
a knife!...
This is all a bit silly. Nigel gave me this one to sharpen. What is this for? I think
that is for shaving yourself in front of other stalkers.
What is this?
They are legal aren't they?
Are these legal?
What do you mean yeah? It is not legal.
It is a good reason, reasonable excuse.
Good reason, reasonable excuse.
What is the reason for having a Rambo knife?
In case you need to bleed it from the sternum. Where a bit of extra length is.....
You don't need to lecture me about why.......
As we've all got up early we'd better get on with it. Unsurprisingly it is wet underfoot
- and there's a constant drizzle which doesn't fill us with a great deal of optomism for
deer to be on the move -
Mark is already feeling the Fieldsports Channel pressure - because as much as we love him
the deer never want to play ball when we're stalking with the Gilchrist - we sometimes
wonder if his game pies are actually full of quorn and hummus...
Anyway, as we are here in search of deer, apparently muntjac (although we haven't seen
any) - what is this chef's favourite venison...
I have heard every one say that everyone is the best. So of all the 6 species everyone
has said that the best one by far is the particular one they shoot. It depends whether you find
actually that the people who shoot say predominantly roe learn how to cook roe deer really well.
So that is why it is their favourite. Actually if you know how to cook all of them they are
all very good to eat.
That makes sense but the propsect of getting hold of some venison today is not looking
good - we eventaully rendez vous with Amir who hasn't seen anything either.
Amir is going to go and sit in this wood up here. We are going to go and stalk the thicker
wood, mainly a fir wood, which I think is where the deer might be. And you always find
on a cold drizzly day, always, well often they are in thicker woods so we will go and
give that a go.
Our last block of woodland is again a deer free zone - they might be creating havoc here
but not today in the rain..So what has Mark got to say for himself?
All in all it wasn't a great success I am afraid. It just goes to show, a reminder to
your viewers why I am not on the Fieldsports Channel very often anymore when you have got
people like Crow, Digweed, Roy Lupton, the favourites that deliver every time. You have
moved on haven't you. Oh well at the end of the day it is a great privilege to be allowed
to walk on somebody's land whether with a gun whether you shoot anything or not. We
are here and I had a lovely morning and I am allowed to come back. So that is all that
One of these days it'll come good and we'll be able to show Mark being as accurate with
the rifle as he is with the shotgun - however, he says he does have a chiller full ready
for the festive season - so if you fancy a delicious game pie to tuck into over christmas
and you can't supply it yourself drop the man a line
Now let's say you shot your deer, now you need some veg. Here is Jonny Crockett from
survival school to provide it for you.
My mates are coming around this evening and I have to prepare a delicious meal for them.
There are no super markets here, but why would I need one. So to get a meal for these mates
that are coming around we need to collect some stuff and what we have got here is pennywort
or naval wort because it looks a little bit like a naval, but that has a taste of a bit
of lettuce with a hint of celery and just slightly of raw runner beans, but it is good
stuff and you can eat it raw or sling it on a salad. You can even cook it up as well.
We are not going to take all of it. We are going to leave that so that it can regenerate.
We don't want to just denude the place. So that is part 1.
Now these ones are the haws from the hawthorn. They are great. They have a seed in the middle.
You eat them a little bit like a cherry. Nibble around them and you have got slightly like
the bruised part of an apple with just a hint of avocado. Get rid of the stones, but the
rest of them delicious. I love them. They go very, very well especially if you let them
just dry out. So we are going to pick a few of these and then we will put them in maybe
with the bread that we are going to make later on. So here we have got one to avoid. Those
brightly coloured berries up there that is black briany and black briany is bad news.
That is very poisonous. Inside you get these sharp horridly pointed molecules and they
attack you. Those are the ones we are going to avoid like the plague. So let's see whether
we can find some edible ones a little bit further down the hedgerow.
Oh yes, yes, yes let's have some of this. Now this is wood sorrel and this is one of
my favourites. A lot of people think it looks like clover, but it ain't. Now then if we
have a bit here. Oh that is sharp really tangy. Now it has got a taste of green apple skin,
Granny Smith green apple skin. It is lovely. Now word of warning it has oxalic acid in
it, so you shouldn't have too much, but for flavour, we can pick a whole load of this.
Well this one is burdock. It gets its name from the burs on the sticky buds and dock
which is the shape of the leaf. Which looks very much like this one down here. These leaves
and those leaves look very, very similar, but this is a biannual plant. This is in its
2nd year. This isn't the one we want. The one we want is this first year plant. So this
is the one we are going to dig up. It has got these nice big leaves and under here just
poking down there is going to be something that looks like a parsnip and what we need
to do is just dig that one out and we are going to dig this
one out by using a digging stick. As you can see it has a chisel point on here and I am
just going to lever the soil away from one side only so that the whole plant falls into
the hole that I am making. There we are look at that. Superb, so this bit here will probably
just lop the end off, chop it off at about there and that is equivalent I guess to a
From the world of plant life in the English autumn to the wider world of hunting on the
internet. It is Hunting YouTube.
This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos
that YouTube has to offer.
A viewer called Sam submits his new film Pigeon Shooting with the Browning Citori, which has
some good pigeon shots, a useful comparison between the Browning 525 and 725, and even
some carnivorous, car-eating horses.
Heading west and we are in Ireland for Vermin Control- Shooting Crows & Pigeons. Showing
once again the rise and rise of the headcam, TheIrishHunting gives us highlights from his
day decoying.
Staying with pest control, it's off to the USA where New Air Rifle Squirrel Kill: BIG
SQUIRREL HUNTER by Nevis Walker shows what can be done with a Beeman Dual Caliber Grizzly
X2 Air Rifle, Model 1073, with interchangeable .177 and .22 barrels, lovingly purchased from
Wally World (Walmart).
Our old friend and excellent British freelance cameraman Nicky Brown has also been to the
USA where he tries flyfishing for cutthroat and brown trout in freezing Wyoming. This
is the first of two films he makes with Reel Deal Anglers in the Jackson Hole area.
Now Nicky describes his fishing as awesome and extreme, which are strong words to use
when you are up against a man who hooks a black marlin from a kayak. It is Panama in
2011. Craig Miller decides to hit the water for half an hour after tuna in his Ocean Kayak
Prowler 13. What hits his line is an estimated 400lb billfish that tests the limits of his
catch-and-release-from-kayak technique.
More tales of derring-do and this one is from Botswana where a leopard attacks a great white
hunter. It's dramatic, but what is perplexing to me is what happened to the better-quality
footage from the Sony Z1 camera that is plainly in view from this headcam footage. Was it
broken? Was he pretending to film? I hope the client was more forgiving to the cameraman
than he was to the leopard.
Back to Europe and Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, which sponsors this programme, has a YouTube
channel which you can go to get under the skin of the world's best binoculars and riflescopes.
In this film, our old friend and boffin Herman Theisinger explains in English that is as
faultless as his glass how the Zeiss Victory HT binoculars work and what is revolutionary
about their design.
Now to Poland, where Filip Sioch offers a video taken on his Go Pro Hero 2 scope mounted
camera of a driven wild boar day. He is rightly proud of his fast double kill, both headshots
and a pig speeding across arable land. You will notice that one thing scope-mounted cameras
do is highlight muzzle awareness.
You can click on any of these films to watch them. If you have a YouTube film you would
like us to pop in to the weekly top eight, send it in via YouTube, or email me the link
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